The Copperas Cove Public Library will be closed Monday in observance of Martin Luther King Day, giving staff and volunteers time to spend the day with their families and friends.

This will also give readers time to relax at home and keep plugging away at “A Man Called Ove,” this month’s selection for discussion by the library book club.

“A Man Called Ove,” by Fredrik Backman, tells the story of the titular Ove, a man with staunch principles, strict routines and a short temper. He is the classic old man who yells at kids to get off his lawn and reminisces that life was better back in his day.

But underneath the gruff and grumpy exterior there is a sadness, and it takes the arrival of new neighbors and an unfortunate mishap with Ove’s mailbox to chip away at his stony demeanor.

Backman’s novel about the angry old man next door is a look at the profound impact one life has on countless others.

Also happening this week at the library is Toddler Time and Story Time at 10 a.m. on Tuesday and Thursday, respectively.

The library will offer e-book help from 2 to 3 p.m. Tuesday. The service is designed to help readers new to digital reading devices learn how to check out electronic books from the library over the internet.

The Double C Square Dance group will be hosting square dance lessons at the library from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Tuesday. The lessons are to prepare attendees for the group’s bi-monthly dances at the library every other Friday.

On Thursday, area teenagers are invited to the monthly Teen Reading Group, which offers free pizza and games and gives the library a chance to show off some of the new teen novels it has acquired in the past month. The group meets from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.

To find out more about what is happening at the library, call 254-547-3826 or go to

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